I don't know much Emmylou Harris, I know she is considered iconic in folk circles. I like her voice, definitely heard it on other collaborations. A lot of these tracks are just sort of "there" for me though, nothing that really jumps out to me. Very chill, not bad.
3 Stars isn't a bad thing at all- this is a good album, one I would listen to again sometime, but I don't know if it's her absolute best work. That said though, I love her sound. Her voice is so clear and pretty.
“Red Dirt Girl” by Emmylou Harris (2000) I’m familiar with Harris’ work as a background vocalist (for Neil Young, Bob Dylan, etc.) and her early hits, but I’ve never heard this album. Emmylou Harris was 53 years old when she recorded this album, and she exudes both youthfulness and maturity in her songwriting and performance. Harris has one of the most recognizable background voices in music of the 70s, with her easy timbre and flawless pitch control. In this solo production of her own composition, she rises to the occasion. She has exceptional strength in her lower range, with good control in her very occasional forays into the highest reaches of her range. It is very plain to hear on this album why she was a favorite for backup and duet work with male artists like Dylan and Young, whose vocal skills were both limited and idiosyncratic. She could make a frog sound sweet. As a songwriter, her compositions on this album are characterized by unsurprising yet moving melodies in major keys, with typical country/folk harmonies. This recording is innovative for Harris, primarily because of its experimental percussion and electronic soundscapes. Very well produced and recorded. The lyrics are serious, reflective, and powerfully feminine, with standard country meter and rhyme. I really liked listening to this. 3/5
Erster Eindruck: Escort Service Cover Art und entsprechend betulicher Heart Rock für den Cayenne fahrenden late Springsteen Hörer, der ich nie sein werde. Aber dann umschmeichelt mich diese satt-warme Textur, ein konstant gutes Songwriting und so gibt die Soccer Mom in mir Erdig-ehrliche 3.3
Have always steered away from country music but was willing to give this a fair listen, being familiar with Emmylou Harris... And I'm thankful I did, this is a great album. Calling it Country almost shortchanges it; I would also label it folk, Americana, Heartland. Although Emmylou is clearly the focus, it was really the music here that was the surprise. Highlight is "I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now" 7/10
It was nice, I enjoyed it kinda, she has a great voice. But pretty much every track becomes indistinguishable from each other and found myself impatient for it to finish in the end
I love Emmylou, but this early noughties "country goes modern" shtick is particularly cloying. The whole thing feels just a bit too floaty and forgettable.
Not really a fan of the inclusion of these types of later career albums by established artists on this list. Much rather hear any of her first 12 albums than her 21st album. Much rather hear more vital music from artists establishing themselves from this time period than a "return to form" from a well established artist. Do you see any Frank Sinatra or Little Richard albums from the 70s taking up space on here? No. Because if you did it would take the place of much more vital/relevant music from that time period and it wouldn't make any sense. So why do you see so many of these albums that are a good decade or two after these artist's prime on this list as we get towards more recent music? I can only imagine it is a reflection of the average age of the people making the list. Baby boomers doing what they do best and taking up all the space and resources they can for themselves and consequently stifling the opportunities for younger generations to thrive (probably without fully realizing they are doing so). Not a critique of the album but the list itself.
Pleasant. But if I never heard it again, or never had heard it, I don't think my life would be any the poorer.
Beautiful voice, some really strong tracks. But realistically won’t revisit
God it’s all so bloody dull. Clicked on wiki while enduring this - her 19th album and the first she wrote - stick to singing. Also under the Legacy section “Featured in the 1001 albums book” That says it all
i've been waiting for this one to come around...had it on fairly heavy rotation back around '03 or so, then hadn't given it much thought. it's just as good now as it was then - like emmylou herself, this album doesn't seem to age. it's not that it ages well, it's that it just doesn't get any older with time. love it.
Not normally a huge Country fan but I make an exception for Emmylou Harris
I wasn't sure how much I would love this album at first, but by the end my eyes were glistening and I wanted to go back and start over. Knowing of Emmylou Harris forever, but not being that familiar with her work, I didn't realize this was the first album she recorded with mostly songs she wrote or co-wrote. I love these songs. It was, however, "Red Dirt Girl" that really first caught my attention and grabbed my heart. Then "My Baby Needs a Shepherd" came on and "What are you doing to me?!?" Then "Bang the Drum Slowly" came on and "Oh no! *sob* I can't take it!" Going back and listening to everything again, I just thought it was a beautiful album. Beautiful music, beautiful voice, beautiful songs.
If there’s a holier summary of pre-lame country music, this must take the cake. A very easy voice to listen to
The entire album has an amazing sound. A blend of folk, country, mixed with contemporary production. It is soothing to listen to from beginning to end, at points feeling like ambience. Her timbre is beautiful, brilliant phrasing, and lovely harmonies via dubbed layers or with the featured vocalists. I really enjoyed it and really respect her ability to evolve her sound so late in her career.
You can tell by the company Emmylou keeps how special of an artist she is. Duets with The Boss and Patty Griffin and Kate McGarrigle on the accordion. The Pearl is such an epic way to start this album that I was thinking it could end the album as well. She can do rock and folk equally well. Loved listening to this.
At the time of its release, I listened to Red Dirt Girl and liked it, but would for years reach for Wrecking Ball when I wanted to listen to Emmylou Harris. Subsequently, I spent time with the album and truly appreciated it for the tremendous statement it. Frequently a quiet statement, and a representative of what a strong songwriter she had become.
Buen disco y agradable !!!
Voz dulce y delicada
Good songs, very good voice. A relaxing album to listen to. I liked it.
better than expected
Country music became a huge part of my music tastes over the last 10 years and Emmylou is among my faves. This album is on regular repeat in my house.
Pleasant folk/country/americana. Not my typical style, but very beautiful.
Easy listening country, with a couple of stand out tracks.
Surely the Mother of US country music, a fantastic voice and some stand out tracks (particularly Red Dirt Girl) that both move and entertain you.
Really glad I read the wiki on this one b/c I realized I didn't know a lot about Harris. A lot of artists I like have been influenced by her but this was the first time I listened to her. Very much one of those artist you expect to be a singer song writer but interesting that this was her first time actually writing her own songs.
Country pop melódico. Me ha gustado.
Emmylou is a deserved legend. However, this record chooses to show off her band primarily. They effectively evoke the country tradition in more or less modern colors: It's a good direction for the genre, if not pack-leading. There's no loss in the move away from covers. The tracklist doesn't blur together, but there aren't any sharp turns. Just occasional journeys into especially beautiful sonic space, working on the soul. That's certainly a cheesy line, as the project comes in a pretty slick package.
I haven’t heard of this album before. The opening song was a real surprise. This is a more updated sound than I expected. It didn't feel purely country to me although there were strong country undertones. "Michelangelo", "I Don't Want To Talk About It Now", "Red Dirt Girl", "J'ai fait tout", "One Big Love", "My Antonia" and "Boy from Tupelo" were some of the highlights on my first listen, but going back I could probably add the rest of the songs to this list. This is a solid album! I read that this was the first time Emmylou Harris wrote her own songs (all but one) for an album. It definitely worked for her. The songs are very well crafted. This is a gentle and very strong album from a true legend. I can't think of anything not to like about it.
This one took me a few listens before I could really decide about it. I was excited to listen --- I'm not very familiar with Emmylou Harris but feel like I should be. The first time through, the songs just weren't taking hold. I thought they were pleasant and pretty but none of them felt like mine. I'm almost done listening for a third time and it's grown on me quite a bit. Her voice is great, there are some interesting guests singing harmony, the instrumentation is varied and fun, her songs tell a story. I'm most sold on One Big Love, Hour of Gold, and the title track. Those feel like they belong in my library. I also like Boy from Tupelo and My Antonia.
The songs and Emmylou's voice are pretty. There isn't necessarily much variety in style or tempo from song to song, but they are nice to listen to.
That was a pleasant surprise. For some reason I was expecting forgettable 90's Country Radio country, what I got was some mellow and occasionally soulful folky Americana. Really rather pleasant.
Nice country music!
Solid effort from an artist I have no prior knowledge of, will definitely be checking her music out after this listen
A fine selection of songs from one of Americana's most important singers. Favorites: The Pearl, Michelangelo, I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now, Tragedy, Bang the Drum Slowly.
Nice mellow Americana music. Very cool
Classic country bordering on folk. I got a strong feeling of Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer.
While some thought is given to the album playlist this week being a bit more on the mellow side of things, "Red Dirt Girl" is still a welcome addition to that mood. Melodious and catchy, this is where rock, eh, country music should always find itself even in the midst of its own evolution. Heartfelt, incorporating country mythos into the modern romantic, this turn of the century album opposes with class the beer-in-one-hand-tractor-wheel-on-the-other bro-country that has plagued the genre with creepy misogyny and with questions as to whether or not Country has a place in music. Released in the year 2000, kicking off a decade where country had a bit of a pop resurgence, paving the way for Lambert, Musgrave, Swift, Underwood to cross over just enough and bring the genre back into being part of the bigger entertainment show. Where this album sets itself apart though is that it keeps the 'old' country in mind, telling a story that a city person could only fantasize about, paying homage to blues, and demonstrating the growth from a more folksy era. "Red Dirt Girl" is a surprising take on country music bringing a rock ensemble to play it.
Beautiful album, with a lush and (mostly) appropriate production. Not sure about the ‘chilled beats’ on Tragedy, but other than that, this was a tasteful ‘repositioning’ of Emmylou and her amazing voice. If I didn’t know otherwise, I’d assume this was a ‘new’ artist, but that voice betrays the years of experience that have gone into these songs. Definitely one to revisit.
I like the blend of Americana, California folk rock and country on this album. Some really nice guitar work by Buddy Miller. Did not know that Bruce and Patti contributed vocals on one of the tracks and Dave Matthews on another. If I could give 3.5 stars I would, since I can’t I’ll round up.
3/18 Country girl album. Standout Tracks: Michelangelo, Red Dirt Girl, Bang the Drum Slowly, J’ai fait tout, My Antonia
not too bad
I like the voice of Emmylou harris. I think I like country music as well. Clear and nice vocals makes it easy to listen to this album.
Well not bad for what it is. She sounds quite talented. Definitely not a running album though. Hah.
Most of this was unobjectionable but not particularly captivating. Really disliked that song with Dave Matthews. Not super familiar with her work but I have to believe that in her vast catalogue there are better albums.
Un tres bon album avec une belle voix.
Somewhere between folk and softer rock. She has a great voice. Oddly bass-heavy mix. Reminds me of Christian contemporary music (with some Christian imagery in the lyrics too).
nice mellow country songs that tell a story
Goeie zangeres. Het album is voor het grootste deel wat te traag voor mij. Het Franstalige nummer vind ik niet zo goed
Ok for country
Schwer zu bewerten. Eingängig nicht doof und echt nicht schlecht.
Folksy country music with a beautiful singing voice. I couldn't enjoy the album because it's not my type of music, but it provided soothing background tracks while I worked.
surprisingly not as bad as i thought it would be considering it’s country 😂 but nice voice just not my style completely.
Not exactly my cup of tea, but I enjoyed it more than I would have thought I would.
Country. Suave y melódico, pero muy aburrido.
Eerste nummer erg mooi. Rest ook best ok.
Ik had voorbereid op een country album, maar dit was erg goed te hebben!
Jammer, ik vind dat Emmylou een prachtige stem heeft en mooie albums heeft gemaakt. Deze valt m echter wat tegen..
Lovely country. Very nice, if a little cliche.
She has an absolutely great voice! Songs are nicely composed. Some are a bit too similar to each other.
Nice atmosphere here reminiscent of Daniel Lanois' style of production. Songs all mellow and mild, though they're all so similar it's hard to tell one from another.
She really wants to be Sad Dolly. No doubt she's talented, great voice but the music is just so slow and a bit of a bummer. It's good on a technical level, but just not something I enjoy.
I know this is country, but it's the kind I can deal with. She has a good voice and it doesn't make me think of a man in a flannel shirt banging his Chevy's tailpipe.
Folk and country. Felt a bit like christian music. Wasn't my thing, but I cannot deny her talent and amazing voice.
Nice voice and atmosphere but ultimately the songs fail to impress or leave a lasting memory, all being rather similar and without highlights
I guess they chose this album because Emmy Lou wrote all the songs for the first time. The song-writing is good, I especially liked the opener and the title track and the rest are pretty solid. For someone in her fifties she still had a beautiful voice. Musically It’s more folky than her earlier albums. I would have liked a bit more twang and a little less production.
Emmylou falls into the "i know of her" category. I don't have any of her albums and couldn't tell you what her hits were, but she has performed with a laundry list of my favourite performers such as Steve Earl and Neil Young. The song Red Dirt Girl is very powerful. She has a gift for writing lyrics and her singing is also very good. I just find her music doesn't grab me. Perhaps it would if I had more time to listen to it.
Not my style
There are some super lovely tracks on here, like "The Pearl", and Emmylou's voice is quite nice—the album is just waaay too long, and it feels like it drags on forever by the time the last, like, 6 tracks come in. Cut this in half and it's easily an 8/10 for me, but the length and monotony of the tracks really drags the whole experience down.
Ok, when I saw this come up I thought "ugh more country", but I played it anyway and I'm very glad I did. This is a decent album.
Solid singer-songwriter album with some country twang and a few songs that nod towards Irish folk music. Favorite tracks: "I Don't Want to Talk About It Now," "Bang the Drum Slowly," "One Big Love."
Not much for country / folk, but this is pretty good.
Totally inoffensive and fine musically. But boring and not my scene.
Lovely voice. Eclectic mix of music. Went and listened to some Dolly Parton after this.
I do like her old stuff, but I found this a bit middle of the road…
It's pretty good as modern country goes. Not up to the '70s standard though
Opener Pearl sounds a lot like Boulder to Birmingham. Interesting to hear almost trip-hop elements to Emmylou's music. I like her voice, but very little in this collection is particularly noteworthy. Very low key. I probably prefer her more stripped back guitar picking albums/songs. A low 3.
Likes it more than I thought I would. Generally not a fan of country/contemporary folk, but the last few tracks reeled me back in. "Heart of Gold" is a great track, and loved the collaboration with Dave Matthews.
Mér fannst þetta nú bara helvíti skemmtilegt!
Not bad not great. Like the voice a lot but songs left something to be desired.
A pleasant but not particularly memorable album. It was a pretty effective hybrid of old-school country and modern pop sounds, and she has a beautiful voice but I was not really "wowed" at any point. The Dave Matthews duet and Bruce background vocals were nice surprises. It would probably be good to get a female perspective on this album and its lyrics.
Niet meteen mijn favoriete muziek. Het klinkt denk ik wel aardig op een Amerikaans radiostation. ***
Emmylou Harris is lovely but the production is a bit too slick for me.
Very nice. Not my thing particularly, but would happily stick on a Sunday afternoon.
Genre: Alt-Country 3/5 Emmylou Harris, a legendary country musician, whose contemporaries include Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, has been active since the early 70s purely as a songbird. She never wrote too much of her own material, but her voice was one of the most wanted in the country music biz, and she stayed busy throughout her career, winning 14 Grammy's amongst other accolades. This album, Red Dirt Girl, dropped in 2000, changes the Emmylou mold a bit. Harris is writing a lot of her own material on this, and the music itself has a much more new-age, alt-rock flair to it, rather than a more straightforward country sound. As far as the album is concerned, regardless of how interesting a few of the production elements are here, it's a rather straightforward country album. The instrumentation is pretty lackluster, never growing above mezzo-forte and missing plenty of low end, but that's not necessarily why we're here. Harris' voice sounds very good, especially considering her age, and it helps to elevate a lot of the tracks here. I enjoyed the title track, Hour of Gold, and My Antonia the best, but I can't really tell you what differentiates them from the rest of the tracklist, except for some particular je ne sais quoi. Decent overall, with some interesting production, but fairly boring.
IDK, Emmylou is great...but this is late nineties emo-country
Not my favorite at all
Emmylou Harris brauchte also knapp 53 Jahre, um ein Album fertigzustellen, auf dem hauptsächlich Eigenkompositionen vertreten sind, entnehme ich dem Wikipedia-Artikel zu dieser Platte. Man hätte ihr gewünscht, dass dabei mehr herauskommt als diese Aneinanderreihung von ausgewalzten, klischierten Belanglosigkeiten. Stellenweise einfach unerträglich, gerade so 2 Sterne.
It's fine. 5/10
2 - Leider nix für mich
Found it kind of vanilla
Hat mich nicht so gekriegt. Musik für ältere Leute (hey, no age-ism!) würde ich sagen.
Meh. Super singer-songwriter-y. Probably good to those who like that, but it just sounds like too much feels. Not for me.
It's an easy to listen and overall likeable countryish-pop album, but some of its songs are kind of meh. I didn't like the mixing.
Gut hörbar, aber bleibt für mich wenig hängen…
Interesting songs and pleasant vocals. Unlikely to revisit this album though.
Beautiful voice, some really strong tracks. But realistically won’t revisit
Equalizzazione pessima! Belle le lyrics, ma gli arrangiamenti sono spesso scontati. Non mi entusiasma come canta... Alcuni dettagli sonori sono piacevoli (la chitarra elettrica nella title track e i drones in Bang the Drum Slowly). Un album noioso
country is not my thing but she has a good voice for sure
Not in the mood for this at all
31. MotA: Michelangelo \"O the dragons are gonna fly tonight\"
The style of country is too melancholy and drawn out with the singing. Not really enjoyed. 3.9/10
While country music isn't my thing, this is obviously far from Harris' best
Mja, het is echt niet slecht, maar een beetje gezapig.
It's not quite as country twangy as where we started 26 years ago, but the music is still pretty boring. Pretty voice, but a slow pace and nothing particularly catchy to hang onto. Snooze-fest.
Great voice, but she's using it for the wrong purpose.
I find it hard to believe that anyone named Emmylou isn't going to do country. Yeah it's country. Like a theatre kid doing country. Not sure how I feel about it. Ok according to wiki she was already in her 50s when this came out. Definitely didn't get that vibe. 2/5 all the same, just don't care about it.
I kind of liked the title track but the rest left me cold. The mild electronic backing added next to nothing. Probably exciting if you were already a fan, but certainly not winning any.
I'm going to be honest: I didn't listen to the whole thing.. I had enough. I didn't like it.. it was boring and bland.
Fine album, but not my favorite. A lot of snooze songs but “I don’t wanna talk about it now” is the type of the song that you listen to sitting around a campfire with like 5-8 people just vibing and enjoying life.
2.5 / 5 Pleasant to listen to and not bad in any way, shape or form but nothing special to be honest.
Only listened to the first couple of songs, didn’t seem like my kind of thing. I’m not into Jesus stuff.
This is not good. What the hell is this? Do people actually find this enjoyable? It is like a worse Bruce Springsteen.
Allt í lagi. Ekkert rokna kontrístuð.
She undoubtedly has a lovely voice. But the album wasn’t very inspiring, it was quite boring actually.
Nice enough listen. Not much grabbed me but pleasant enough.
Subtil mélange entre Country de Boomer et Folk de Karen. J'aime certaines ambiances par ci par là mais jsp ce que ça fout dans les 1001 meilleurs albums du monde. Pref: The Pearl Moins prefs: Tragedy, Boy From Tupelo
2/5 nothing memorable
Though I'm not really a big fan of the gospel/folk/country & western genre - I do like Emmylou Harris. She's got a unique "storyteller" voice that is perfectly suited to the genre. But, this seems misplaced and overproduced in the year 2000. It's like they were trying to make her relevant to a wider audience (queue Dave Matthews as a guest star on one track), but it didn't work. Sorry.
Oh god. I probably should be nice. I don't like this record. It's not for me. A lot of the records on this list aren't "for me." I get that. But, the thing is, this record doesn't compel me to even try. I'm sure there are a handful of Emmylou Harris records that I would like. But, I'm sure they don't involve this new-agey production. 2/5 because you don't slight a legend with a 1/5, but that's probably the only reason why.
It's americana I guess? Could be worse probably
Didn't nobody ask for this christian shit
Dull and dreary.
Inoffensive country music, but not something I'd listen to.
Not for me
One of those artists that I really should know more about, but sadly there are some major gaps in my listening history. There's only so much listening time available each day. This is defo Bob Harris alt-country R2 territory. Not the type of album I'd fire up for a Friday night. It had depth, both in terms of tunes and texture. That sounds pretentious bollocks. Sometimes it's the only way to describe AOR and the lack of irony or even humour within.
Very standard country album to me. Not bad but don’t see what makes this so special or deserving to be on the list. But country is not my genre so maybe I’m not looking for the right things
very boring... all the time throughout this album i wished it to end
Nice voice, but no way this is something you need to hear before you die. The NINETEENTH album by her? Was this seriously such a huge step up from the first eighteen? Always eyebrow-raising when you check the Legacy section on Wikipedia and the only sentence is "The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die." Also not a big fan of country or folk.
2000: Red Dirt Girl
Sorry but pretty painful
I just don't really get why anyone would listen to this
Terrible. Do not like country music.
Melodic whinyness. Pass
aburridooo. Ni si quiera llegué a la mitad.
Qué pedazo de
No ps no
Country music that your Mum would listen to. The opposite of everything I like.
Coutryzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz I got her importance, but this kind of music is boring
This may have been a departure from her formerly folkier-than-thou oeuvre, but to me it just comes over as if someone got their hands on the Blood Makes Noise dial and then only turned it up to 2. It goes up to 11, folks
Mmmm la vraie musique de coboy
Big fat nope
too "country" for me, despite great voice
Lutei pra terminar.
This cd is stuck in some grandma’s car
I know she's highly respected but the album is a little boring for my tastes. It has some nice songs on it but I don't know if it's on my personal 1001 albums.
Not my cup of tea. Fleetwood wannabe without any of the good qualities. I find her voice very irritating, especially with the forced vibrato… and the lyrics were a total snooze fest. The only good track was “My Antonia”, which was completely carried by Dave Matthews… so yeah.
"Modern" country and western. dislike everything about this, the "girl next door with the guitar" vibe to the warbling vocals, not for me
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American folk/country is not for me. Dull